The Duff Monday, 13 July 2020

The Duff

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Are you DUFF enough?

  • Starring:

    Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Ken Jeong, Chris Wylde, Allison Janney

  • Directed by:

    Ari Sandel

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are slapped, bullied, hit with objects, punched, rammed up against wall. Belongings destroyed, pushed off table. Television images and movie posters feature horror/zombie films. Before I murder you, kill myself mentioned. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Comic image of decapitated/bleeding head. Bloody hand/knuckles.


    Kissing (male-female; male-male), flirting, twerking, breast-grabbing, grinding (comic), face-licking. Photo of nude babies in bath (genitals censored). Shirtless men, teen males in towels, girl in bra. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. References to having sex, threesome, masturbation, oral sex, sexual fantasy, pornography.


    Alcohol (wine, beer, jelly shots). Steroids, antidepressants mentioned.


    F-word, bleeped f-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, butt, WTF. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Slang for genitals. Religious reference and exclamations. High school, gender, teen, self-help stereotypes.


    High school, designated ugly fat friends, social media, cyber bullying, #hashtag, school newspapers, homecoming, divorce, single parenting, horror films, selfies, humiliation, chemistry, tutoring, dating, uniboobs.


    Divorce, breast cancer mentioned. Photos of dogs, pig, doves. Fireworks (animation). Hot dog, sushi eaten. Vomit, burp. Brief Spanish (subtitles). End-credits scenes. Based on the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger.


    Funny, honest, ambitious, lighthearted, snappy, sweet-spirited, tipsy, girl-friendly, charming, winsome, low-key, good-natured, entertaining, lively, energetic. Remarkable/likeable/funny performance from Mae Whitman, nuanced performance from Robbie Amell, great chemistry between leads, terrific supporting cast, believable heroine, a little vulgar, the sexuality is toned down, portrays high-schoolers as normal beings, fun 80s film references.


    Predictable, rote, watered down, clichéd, dumb. Lazy script, heavy-handed moralising, pro-self acceptance but also pro-makeover, perfunctory technical credits.

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